Posted on December 29, 2019
I almost gave up all hopes of taking good photos after I saw the weather forecast showing a week of rainfall in Taipei. Surprisingly, we had good weather the whole time we were here. Weather is really unpredictable in Taipei. 🙂 I also did not know what to expect or see here (other than Taipei 101 of course) but this city turned out to be an enjoyable one not only in terms of food but also in its architecture. Photography for me of course is a given; and with the cool and unexpected beautiful weather, I really enjoyed those photowalks out in the cold. 🙂
The image above is a classic view of Taipei City taken from the Fireworks Lookout of Elephant Mountain in Xinyi District. Every photographer visiting Taipei must have this shot. The climb up the hill to get to this viewpoint is challenging enough, but the view is definitely worth it and extremely rewarding. I waited on this location for hours and not willing to move or give up my spot as other photographers were already set-up to capture this twilight moment. Besides, no one knows what the weather will be like the following day; so I have no intentions of coming back. Sorry about that. 🙂
I can’t wait to write about this beautiful and progressive Asian city in my next post. Meanwhile, I have saved a few photos from this recent trip. You can click here for the photo gallery. Enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them and I hope this inspires you to visit this beautiful and surprising city (in case you haven’t done so).
Happy Holidays Everyone! Thank you for reading.
See you in my next post. Cheers!!! 🙂
Posted on August 25, 2017
A month ago, I was given the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD by my fellow blogger Audrey. Audrey pens Living for Experiences, a blog about her wonderful insights on life and useful tips on travel. Do check her wonderful blog. This is my second award from her, with the first award causing me to earn a few followers. It is encouraging to know that people are actually reading some of my thoughts and writings.
RULES OF THE AWARD
1) Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2) List the Rules.
3) Display the Award in your post.
4) List seven facts about yourself.
5) Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT MYSELF
1) I am an architect from the Philippines.
2) I am currently based in Singapore (an Overseas Filipino Worker away from my wife and daughter) and working as an Interior Designer.
3) I became an architect because of my love for drawing and the LEGO (which I wrote about here).
4) I am an obsessive compulsive, phlegmatic control freak (with a tendency to overthink and overwrite). 🙂
5) If I am not doing architecture or interior design, I practice writing, photography, and do a bit of traveling.
6) My love for travel started in 2013 after a first trip to Japan; and fell in love with Japan and anything Japanese ever since. 🙂
7) I always wanted to write a book about my professional work but started this blog in 2015 instead; and have used it since to share my travel postcards and insights brought about by my Christian faith.
MY NOMINEES FOR THE ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD
For the next ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD, I list below my nominees whose posts I read for a variety of reasons which include a zest for life, passion for travel, love for architecture, excellent photography, and an emotional or unique style of writing. Congratulations to all my nominees. It’s okay not to accept the award but I sure would like to know more about you my fellow bloggers. Enjoy!!!
1) Eat, Pray, and Love Kind of Adventure
2) Travel Happy
3) My Life in a Snap
6) Architecture Wander
7) Joshua Dunn
8) Tiny Nectar
10) A World of Adventuring, Learning, and Loving
11) Jet Set Brunette
12) Ezekiel Kok Photography
14) Yen and Again
15) The Weary Travelers
Again, thank you very much to Audrey of Living for Experiences for this wonderful ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD. See you all in blogosphere. 🙂
See you in my next post. Cheers!!!
Posted on February 15, 2017
Two weeks ago, I was given the Liebster Award for bloggers by Audrey, author of the blog Living for Experiences. I thank Audrey for this nomination as I did not expect people to be reading a lot of my writings and musings. It is an honor to receive such a nomination. Check out Audrey’s blog here and be inspired by her amazing insights on life and her useful tips on travel.
What is the Liebster Award?
Dating back to 2011, the Liebster Award is an award that exists only in the internet, and is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers to promote each other’s blogs. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
As a sign of my gratitude and my appreciation of other writers, I would like to nominate for the next Liebster Awards the blogs I follow below because of their authors’ amazing zest for life and passion for adventure. Do check out their sites.
Rules of the Award
1) In a blog post, thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2) Answer the questions sent by that person who nominated you.
3) Nominate other bloggers for the award and ask them a new set of questions.
4) List the rules for the nominees and display the Liebster logo in your post and in your blog.
If my nominees do not wish to accept the award, I am fine with that. Although it would be great to know more about you my fellow bloggers. If you are new to this nomination (or your first time to hear about it), you can click here for more ideas about the guidelines, questions to ask your nominees, and some latest Liebster logos you can attach to your post. Remember to notify your nominees about their nominations and link them back to your blog post.
My Questions to My Nominees
1) What or who inspired you to start your blog?
2) What do you think made your blog successful (in terms of number of followers, visibility, etc)?
3) Where are you from and what top 3 places in your country / hometown would you recommend travelers to visit?
4) What are your Top 3 Dream Travel Destinations and why?
5) What place or country left the most impact on you and what is your most important take away from that place or country?
6) Any unique experience / advice / lesson you want to share with other travelers / bloggers?
My Answers to Audrey’s Questions
1) What is the story behind your blog’s name?
I originally wanted to write a book about my specialized work in architecture but busyness caused that writing project to be shelved. I picked up photography as a cure for tunnel vision and found myself writing about my photos instead. My blog title (From Lines to Lenses) explains that shift from writing about Architecture (Lines, Drawings, etc.) to writing about Photography & Travel (Lens, Cameras, etc). Pretty lame isn’t it? 🙂
2) Why did you start blogging?
I was already using photo-sharing sites before I started this blog, but found those free sites to have ever-changing formats and interfaces. Having your own blog allows you to contol appearance, format and content. Nowadays, almost everyone has a web presence, and owning your own blog (or domain) is a powerful medium to reach other people with the same interests. If you have something to share (or if you love writing), the blog is a perfect venue to do that.
3) What according to you is the best thing about blogging?
I realized that there are many talented and creative people out there, and some of them are very inspiring writers and bloggers. Blogging allowed me to reach out to other people with the same passions; and their experiences and stories help me improve my own skills. I love photography and travel; and blogs are the best sources of travel advice and real-world experiences for me.
4) What is/are your goal(s) for 2017?
Other than my personal & career goals (which I think are too many to write here), I plan to see either Australia (Sydney) or the Middle East (Dubai) in the later part of this year. As I am working in Singapore and away from my family, it will take a bit of logistic planning to travel with them to either of these places. Meantime, I just came back from Macau and will be back in Hong Kong next week for a company trip. Singapore also has 7 long weekends this year, so I will do a lot of road trips and photography projects around those long weekends. I am also looking at the potential of earning revenue from my photography.
5) Where are you from and what is the common stereotype / misconception about your home town / state / country?
I am from Manila, capital city of the beautiful Philippines. One of my former employers had a branch office in Manila but I heard the owner of the company never really visited that Manila office for fear of being kidnapped. While crime is always present (what country doesn’t have one?), those isolated incidents of abducting aliens (and alien abductions 🙂 ) still will not take away the fact that my country has its own unique set of resources and beauty (I’m a good example by the way 🙂 ). When traveling to the Philippines (or to any unfamiliar country), it is good common sense to have a friend or someone who knows the place well to guide and accompany you. Each country I have visited has certain areas I was told to avoid, and I was wise enough to follow that advice.
6) What kind of traveler are you- spontaneous or planner?
The trips I take are never long enough so I do a fair amount of planning to maximize my time when I get to my destination. With my trips planned around photography and with the speed at which I need to take pictures, a good deal of research about the places I plan to cover is always a key.
7) Share your worst travel experience ever.
All my travels so far were pleasant ones (thank God). Most of the locals we encountered were kind to tourists; except for a few cranky ones inside crowded trains, buses and restaurants who are oblivious of the tourists around them. Language is a challenge sometimes (my fault by the way) but adds to the beauty of the experience.
8) What is one important lesson you have learnt in your travels?
Not just one, but a lot actually. Traveling helped me respect other cultures and to understand friends and colleagues who come from all sorts of nationalities and backgrounds. When visiting another country, I also learn more about my own country than the country I am visiting. Also, travel photography (being different from a family holiday) is best done alone to maximize the time (I apologize to my family who will read this 🙂 ). To travel to take pictures is different from taking pictures while traveling. If you have to do both travel photography and a family holiday, it is always best to plan the holiday sightseeing around the places you plan to shoot. As always, I plan well and try to cover a place like it will be my first and last chance to see it.
So there you go. Again, stay grateful and inspired. My sincere thanks once more to Audrey of Living for Experiences for this wonderful Liebster Award. Do check her wonderful blog at www.audreysimplicity.com
See you in my next post. Cheers!!! 🙂